snow-covered rocks at L with wilted, snow-covered reeds; hazy snowy mountain in background; patches of light gold wash; inscription at R

“River and Sky in Evening Snow,” from the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers, c. 1602-1603

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Snow clings to the leaves of a clump of bamboo and rock. A snowy peak hangs in the distance. This wintry scene formerly functioned as one of eight panels of a folding screen, depicting the so-called “Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang,” a popular theme in East Asian painting and poetry. At right is a Chinese poem brushed by the Zen monk Saishō Jōtai (1548-1608). The poem alludes to the Daoist immortal Han Xiangzi, who predicted correctly that his exiled uncle would become stuck at Indigo Pass, a crossing in the Qin Mountains of central China:

Ten thousand miles of river and sky, ten thousand miles of thoughts,
a whirlwind of downy flowers scattering in a peaceful grove—
The bridges and roads are closed, and my horse’s hooves are slick.
Yet again, Indigo Pass is blocked!
This is an old poem by Yujian, brushed by Jōtai

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Title
“River and Sky in Evening Snow,” from the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers
Artist Life
1533 - 1615
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.61
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 137
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snow-covered rocks at L with wilted, snow-covered reeds; hazy snowy mountain in background; patches of light gold wash; inscription at R